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Two killed as MiG-23 fighter crashes at Tripoli air show

RIA Novosti

17:13 07/10/2009 TRIPOLI, October 7 (RIA Novosti) - Two pilots were killed when a Libyan Air Force MiG-23 Flogger fighter crashed on Wednesday in Tripoli during a demonstration flight, a Libyan Defense Ministry spokesman said.

The aircraft crashed about 2 kilometers from observation platforms at the Libyan Aviation Conference & Exhibition, which runs October 4-8.

It was earlier reported that only one pilot had died.

Production of the "third-generation" MiG-23 started in 1970 and ended in 1985 with over 5,000 aircraft built.

Its various modifications are currently operated by several former Soviet republics and traditional recipients of Soviet arms including Armenia, Algeria, Angola, Belarus, Cuba, Ethiopia, Kazakhstan, Sri Lanka, Syria, Turkmenistan, Vietnam and Zimbabwe.

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